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joker



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 05 3:30 pm    Post subject: Deer Calibres  Reply with quote    

Does anyone know the legal calibres for shooting deer as I am interested in shooting some deer on a farm I shoot on but not sure which calibre Rifle I should use

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 05 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I assume you have shot deer before or you will be accompanied by someone who has as there is much to learn. If you are not sure what calibre to use then I would say you should take some training before even contemplating shooting deer.

One of the best starting places would be the BASC and they have details here:

http://www.basc.org.uk/content/stalkingpractice

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 05 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Be careful you don't get shot in the foot again.

joker



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 05 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yeah I was thinking of asking Deerstalker

leebu



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 05 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


Misread this thread title... thought it said "deer calipres"
..Can't imagine anything more unsporting than shooting disabled deer...

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 05 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

.243 minimum

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 05 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Madman wrote:
.243 minimum


It does depend on where you are. Scotland is different and I think the Governemnt may be in the process of changing it for England for some of the small deer species, but I don't know how long it will take.

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 05 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

But he's in Yorkshire!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 05 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not everyone is.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 05 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Only stags and Fallow bucks can be shot legally right now, and then nothing from the end of April until the new open season in the Autumn. Bucks from Aug 1st, does from Nov 1st. If you want to use the 12 bore, you must use a rifled slug of not less than 350 grains, or AAA shot. In Scotland, not less than 380 grains, or SSG, except Roe deer, AAA for them.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 05 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That'll give me time to sort out somewhere to buy half a deer for the freezer.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 05 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If I ever learn to shoot deer then I'll take a course and use whatever they recommend. That's another thing for the ever growing list...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 05 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In England, Wales and N.I. it is a minimum calibre of .240 for all deer.
In Scotland "For shooting any species of deer - a bullet designed to deform in a predicable manner of not less than 100gr. (6.48g) with a muzzle velocity of not less than 2450 ft/ses (746.78m/sec) and a muzzle energy of not less than 1750ft/lbs

For Roe in Scotland - a bullet designed to deform in a predictable manner of not less than 50gr (3.24g) with a muzzle velocity of not less than 2450 ft/sec (746.78m/sec) and a muzzle energy of not less than 1000 ft/lbs (1356 joules)

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hmmm so I can shoot deer with the 12 bore in this country I thought that was only with special permision that they dont like isueing

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think the law requires a rifle to be used. I'm sure that guest or TD will be able to confirm or refute this.

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